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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Sep 3, 2013 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeling Mortal....Just needed to vent (Non dead)

I always hate to hear when someone passes so young. (I'm 40) There have been six suicides from the Seabee battalion I deployed with in '05/'09. I feel for you man. There are never really any words to help in such a situation. I guess, just kick back and remember the good things. I admit that was kinda lame and obvious. But, fare winds and following seas sir.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 3, 2013 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeling Mortal....Just needed to vent (Non dead)

Thanks for your service truckin....

I've been retired for 10 plus years now and we never saw the rates of PTSD and associated mental health issues in the submarine force the ground guys are going through. There's something detached and clinically sterile about chucking cruise missiles at an aimpoint hundreds of miles away.....

BTW, "Sir" is my Dad. Mando, Rick, or whatever craven comes up randomly works much better.

"We build, we fight!"

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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Sep 4, 2013 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeling Mortal....Just needed to vent (Non dead)

"There's something detached and clinically sterile about chucking cruise missiles at an aimpoint hundreds of miles away....."

I can relate to that. I spent my first enlistment on board the U.S.S Nimitz. Whereas with the Bees, it was up close and personal. As far as the PTSD issues, I have a theory behind that as well. Without getting on a soapbox I'm gonna go with too many back to back deployments and the over prescribing of psychotropic drugs and perhaps the vaccines they give us. (talk about a controversy)

When I came back I had some issues. Long story short... I was prescribed psychotropics and hit the side effect lotto. I ended up changing my diet and started cycling and all is well.

I realize this isn't really the forum for this particular subject so I will throw in something Dead related...

Weir...one of the most underrated guitar players in rock history. And one of the weirdest. I can wrap my head around what Garcia does but I can't for the life of me figure Weir out at all. Dead wise, what are you digging into these days? I'm stuck on 4/8/72 it's great for long slow paced bike rides. However when I'm riding hard I find Rush fits bill.

Anyway man, I hope you are doing well.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 4, 2013 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeling Mortal....Just needed to vent (Non dead)

I finally purchased a MiNewt 500 headlight by Nite Rider for my bicycle(s) last month, on sale at Performance Bicycle. I'm having a blast with it. It's real nice, new and improved handlebar mount, and uses USB charging. The headlight is cordless and light-weight and has a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery. I wear clear safety glasses at night when I ride.

My old 4 gig Nano's track and volume controls are one-handed and intuitive. That's what I use to safely ride while listening to music. I have Sonix after-market earbuds, and I love them. When it's too windy, I won't even bother listening to music when I'm riding. Why blow my ears out? I won't listen to music on night rides.

I never get on my bicycle until I've done a quick 30-second "safety check": brakes work, tire pressure okay, wheels firmly mounted, crank is tight, etc. There's no exceptions to this rule. I also wear a helmet. I carry a water bottle, spare tube, patch kit, pump, rain gear, and just enough "kit" to get me home - under any and all conditions - without being miserable.

Sometimes I ride doing errands and getting supplies. Most of the time I'm doing joy-rides when I'm riding my bicycle. I have two bicycles and plenty of active-wear gear. Fort Collins is among the best cities in the US to live and play the way I do. I also love to go hiking and camping around here. If you ever get out here, with or without your bicycle, we can go on some pretty cool rides if you want. Both of my bicycles are tricked out in their setups and components. We have some great bicycle shops and mechanics around here, and thousands upon thousands of bicycles. The basic bicycle trail and bike lane systems in Fort Collins are as good as the ones in Denver and Albuquerque. Our back-country trails are better.

Last night I rode out to Watson Lake, in Bellvue. Photo of me riding in Bellvue last month. Colorado Div Fish and Game has a fish hatchery back there, and that's about it. Watson Lake is behind that. It's beautiful and serene out there, especially late at night. I had my one-hitter and some smoke with me, and I put on some GD for awhile. That's when I tried wrapping my head around this Blues-rendition favorite of mine - Next Time You See Me - from Nov 7, 1969.

I like to call this place Jimmy Watson lake, naming it for the dude who first turned me on to GD tapes in 1972. Watson Lake photo - the Poudre River (not visible) is at the base of these cliffs (300 million years old).

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 4, 2013 10:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeling Mortal....Just needed to vent (Non dead)

Your sacrifice is appreciated. I hope life is free and easy for you from here-on-out.

Lately, anything from 1971.

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